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2022 Annual Crane Letter

“As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”
– Robin Wall Kimmerer in Braiding Sweetgrass

December 2022

Dear Friends of Resource Renewal Institute,

As we look toward the end of this year and the new year’s promise of renewal, we cannot help but think of healing. After all, to heal is to make whole. And we have the whole world in our hands.

But how to make a whole from what can seem so broken?

By opening ourselves and our work to the power of indigenous ecological wisdom, we are following in the footsteps of our oldest relatives – the plants and animals – as well as our human ancestors like RRI founder Huey D. Johnson who took inspiration from the same view of the interconnectedness of all life.

Here at RRI we find one answer in the half-century recovery of the endangered whooping crane from near extinction to 802 individuals today. With the goal of re-establishing truly wild, self-sustaining populations, caring human beings study and support the survival and renewal of this still fragile species – its habitat, courtship, propagation, parenting and migratory flight. As we experience this achievement of human empathy and perseverance, we rediscover our own place in nature. And we see the power of nature to create her own best solutions, if we can only find her wisdom. Nature-based solutions are simple, economical, and scalable – and make great public policy and natural resource management, too.

RRI’s Fish in the Fields program is thriving based on these principles – restoring native fish populations, reducing climate- changing greenhouse gases, and supporting waterfowl and shorebird habitat connectivity across working and wild landscapes. So is our Butte Creek water project, setting legal precedent for a new wave of conservation based on ‘instream’ water that flows in perpetuity to benefit wildlife, especially endangered spring run chinook salmon. And with our ongoing mission to restore Point Reyes National Seashore, RRI is bringing new awareness to the original high purpose of the Park Service Organic Act – preservation of our outstanding national treasures, unimpaired, for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations.

In another full-circle moment, RRI will join California government representatives at the United Nations Environmental Program’s 15th annual Conference of Parties (COP-15) in December in Montreal to promote on-the-ground solutions to protect biodiversity, including Fish in the Fields. It was 50 years ago this month that Huey participated in the founding of the UN Environmental Program, bringing critical environmental themes to the world stage. Following in Huey’s footsteps, we remain committed to his relentless, innovative and fearless approach to addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, otherwise known as healing the earth.

At RRI, we are privileged to experience this healing work every day – and invite you to join our efforts.

And, please join us on January 8, 2023 for the Second Annual Huey D. Johnson Legacy Walk in Tennessee Valley, the beautiful coastal park that Huey helped save for us all. RSVP and find more information here.

Til next year!

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from all of us at RRI,

Deborah Moskowitz, President

Please find our tribute to our co-worker, Daniel Heagerty, here.

We welcome your review of Resource Renewal Institute’s 2022 Crane Letter Highlights.


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